Pierre and Pam Omidyar are active philanthropists engaged in numerous efforts to make the world a better place. Through their work, Pierre and Pam seek to provide opportunities for people to improve their lives, and ignite change across a variety of sectors and geographies. Guided by their belief that people are inherently capable and basically good, Pierre and Pam have committed more than $1 billion to causes ranging from entrepreneurship to human rights to chronic illness in children.
In October, the Omidyars received the 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, a prestigious award that recognizes individuals and families for their exceptional and sustained records of philanthropic giving as well as the important and lasting impact their philanthropy has had on a field, nation, or on the international community.
In 1995, Pierre founded eBay, a company that quickly demonstrated that a successful business can also be an effective tool for improving people's lives. This experience continues to inform the Omidyars’ philanthropic work, where they use an expanded toolset to create impact – from impact investing to social advocacy to human capital. Pierre is the Founding Partner of Omidyar Network, an organization he created with Pam in 2004. To date, Omidyar Network has invested more than $450 million in organizations that help catalyze economic and social change in areas such as microfinance, property rights, and government transparency. Pierre is also the Publisher and CEO of Civil Beat, a news service in Hawai‘i dedicated exclusively to public affairs journalism in the islands. Appointed by President Obama to the White House Commission on Fellowships in 2009, Pierre is currently fulfilling a four year commitment as a Commissioner. Read more information on Pierre Omidyar.
Pam Omidyar is Founder and Chair of the Board of Humanity United, which she established in 2005 with Pierre's support. Humanity United is a philanthropic organization committed to building peace and advancing human freedom by leading, supporting, and collaborating with organizations that also envision a world free of conflict and injustice. Pam is also the chair and founder of HopeLab, a nonprofit organization that combines the highest standards of scientific research with innovative solutions to improve the health and quality of life for young people with chronic illness. Read more information on Pam Omidyar.
The Ulupono Initiative was also founded by the Omidyars to support Hawai’i’s long-term sustainability. The organization invests in for profit companies and nonprofit organizations advancing opportunities in renewable energy, locally produced food and waste reduction and management.